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Mayor’s Office launches Startup Seattle initiative to support local technology startup community growth

Leaders of Seattle’s startup community and the city of Seattle have teamed up to launch Startup Seattle, an initiative to support the growth of the Seattle technology startup community and establish Seattle as an internationally recognized home for emerging technology companies. Today, Mayor Mike McGinn hosted a press conference to announce the group’s action plan […]


City of Seattle, University of Washington, and Gigabit Squared announce plan to develop ultra-fast broadband network

Plan begins with demonstration fiber project in 12 Seattle neighborhoods SEATTLE (December 13, 2012) – Today Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced that the City of Seattle has reached an agreement with broadband developer Gigabit Squared to develop and operate an ultra high-speed fiber-to-the-home/fiber-to-the-business broadband network. The plan will begin with a demonstration fiber project in […]


Increasing access to existing fiber optic cable network

Mayor McGinn released a request for information (RFI) today to identify private parties who may be interested in using the excess capacity of the city of Seattle’s fiber optic cable network for providing high speed internet services and increasing competition among service providers. “We are moving ahead on expanding our next-generation infrastructure, helping Seattle compete […]


Firing up fiber broadband in Seattle

Seattle’s residents and businesses need good infrastructure to remain competitive in the global economy. Here in the 21st century, that includes digital infrastructure. Just as canals, roads and rails help move people and goods, fiber optic broadband internet is important for companies moving what some call “digital freight” – enabling Seattle’s innovative economy to continue […]


Working with UW to bring high-speed fiber to neighborhoods and businesses

Mayor Mike McGinn and University of Washington President Michael Young today announced a partnership to solicit private proposals to provide high-speed fiber service to communities surrounding the UW campus. For the first time, Seattle will offer to lease access to its unused “dark fiber” to allow private companies to build broadband networks with speeds up […]


UW launches broadband initiative

The University of Washington, along with 27 other leading American universities, recently announced the foundation of Gig.U, an initiative that seeks to expand the availability of high-capacity fiber optic broadband in communities bordering campuses. Universities will seek infrastructure investments from broadband providers in order to connect the neighborhoods that support them with high-quality broadband connections. […]


Bringing fiber broadband to Pioneer Square

Seattle Channel Video can be played in Flash Player 9 and up We’ve heard from Pioneer Square businesses that internet speeds there are just not what a 21st century economy needs. Jeff Strain, who founded a game development company called Undead Labs, worries that he might have to move his company from Pioneer Square if […]


Seattle applies for Google Fiber for Communities

Today Mayor Mike McGinn announced that the city of Seattle will respond to Google’s Request for Information (RFI) to build ultra-high speed broadband networks in communities across America. Google’s vision of a fiber-to-the-home network with open access is very similar to McGinn’s plan to connect every home and business in Seattle with a fiber broadband […]